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What is the EMV Chip Card Technology?
Posted on 8/3/2016 10:13:04 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

In the last year, many U.S. banks have replaced or are in the process of replacing millions of old magnetic strip credit and debit cards with new cards equipped with computer chips that store account data more securely.

MasterCard and Visa wanted to minimize counterfeit fraud by switching to the EMV chip. Counterfeit fraud happens when someone steals the information off the magnetic strip when you swipe the card and then reproduce it on another card. According to a 2014 report by Aite Group, counterfeit fraud accounts for 37 percent of all U.S. credit card fraud.

This switch to EMV chip cards is a massive undertaking. Tens of thousands of individual merchants will need to upgrade their equipment to allow for chip transactions instead of swipe cards. MasterCard and Visa decided that after last October whichever entity had the lesser technology, either the retailer or the bank, would be responsible in the event of a hack.

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Ransomware - How to Stay Secure in Healthcare IT
Posted on 8/15/2016 12:16:23 PM by Judi Grassi

Early in July, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published a factsheet with detailed guidance for Covered Entities and Business Associates on Ransomware. For those of you who aren't as familiar with these types of attacks, ransomware is a type of malicious software that is intended to compromise computer systems. Malware attempts to deny access to a user's data and information, usually by encrypting the data with a key that only the hacker is aware of, until the ransom is paid.

According to 'Fact Sheet: Ransomware and HIPAA' published by OCR, there have been 4,000 daily ransomware attacks since early 2016 which is a 300% increase from last year. There were only 1,000 daily ransomware attacks reported in 2015. There are many methods that can be effective to prevent ransomware as well as recover from this malicious type of attack.

Here are a few key activities that Covered Entities and Business Associates need to do to remain secure:
  1. Annual Risk Analysis - Conduct an Annual Risk Analysis annually ensuring knowledge of where all Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) is created, maintained, stored, transmitted and vulnerabilities are identified and reduced to reasonable and appropriate levels.
  2. Data Back Up and Contingency Plans - It is imperative to be proactive about your backup solution. Without a proven, tested backup, your organization can be at extreme risk. There are many options for backup solutions, and Winxnet Security experts have proven solutions.
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Winxnet Named to 2016 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

List Recognizes Thriving Solution Providers in the IT Channel

AUGUST 8, 2016  Portland, Maine - Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm, announced that it has been named to The Channel Company's 2016 CRN Fast Growth 150 list for the third consecutive year. The list is CRN's annual ranking of North America-based technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants with gross sales of at least $1 million who have experienced significant economic growth over the past two years. The 2016 list is based on gains in gross revenue between 2013 and 2015, and the companies recognized represent a total, combined revenue of more than $25,637,241,944.

"The companies on our 2016 Fast Growth 150 list are growing at an incredible rate, establishing themselves as clear leaders in today's IT channel," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. "Their rapid expansion in a climate of economic uncertainty and unprecedented technological advancement is especially impressive. We congratulate each of the Fast Growth 150 honorees and look forward to their continued success."


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Winxnet Named to Best Places to Work in Maine List

Winxnet receives honor for the fifth consecutive year

AUGUST 23, 2016  PORTLAND, ME - Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm headquartered in Portland, was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine for the fifth consecutive year. The awards program was created in 2006 and is aproject of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - Maine State Council and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Maine HR Convention.

"It is such an honor to be named to this list for the fifth year in a row", said CEO Chris Claudio. "We have a fantastic group of people at all of our offices and this award is a testimony to their hard work, commitment and outstanding service to our customers."

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In this issue:
August 2016
What is the EMV Chip Card Technology?
Ransomware - How to Stay Secure in Healthcare IT
Winxnet Named to 2016 CRN Fast Growth 150 List
Winxnet Named to Best Places to Work in Maine List
Upcoming Events:

2016 Triangle Golf Classic
When: Monday, August 29, 2016 from 10AM to 5PM
Where: Pinehills Golf Club, Plymouth MA
Register: For more information, visit our event website.

2016 Fidelity House Golf Open Fundraiser
When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 10AM to 6PM
Where: Haverhill Country Club, Haverhill MA
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The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital Golf Tournament
When: Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 9AM to 4PM
Where: The Woodlands Club, Falmouth ME
Register: For more information, visit the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital event website.

St. Mary's Villa 10th Annual Golf Tornament
When: Monday, September 19, 2016 from 11AM to 8PM
Where: Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit PA
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Catholic Charities of Maine 14th Annual Golf Classic
When: Monday, September 19, 2016 from 11AM to 6PM
Where: The Woodlands Club, Falmouth ME
Register: For more information, visit the Catholic Charities of Maine event website.

On the Moves:

Cayley Lord
Cayley Lord joins Winxnet as an Account Executive in the Methuen office. Cayley has over three years of business/marketing experience and most recently was an Account Executive at Thompson Habib Dennison in Lexington, MA. Cayley received her Bachelor of Science in International Business from Johnson & Wales University with a concentration in Marketing Management, Sociology, and Global Language. Her experience in sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction will help Winxnet provide the best customer service to its growing client base.

John Blanchard
John Blanchard joins Winxnet as a Senior Technical Account Lead in the Methuen office. John has over 18 years of IT experience and was most recently the Associate IT Director of Infrastructure at the Boston Housing Authority. John is a graduate of Salem State College, received his PC Service and Support Technical Certificate, VMware Core Virtualization certificate, Microsoft 2008 Certificate, Microsoft Exchange 2003 and 2010 Development and Administrative Certificate, Microsoft Windows NT Systems Administrator Certificate from Boston University and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. His certifications and technical experience in the public sector will help Winxnet provide the best customer service to its growing client base.

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Providing innovative IT solutions since 1999, Winxnet is a leader in IT outsourcing and consulting, software development, and strategic technical advisory services to the private and public sectors. With offices throughout the Eastern United States, Winxnet provides a broad reach with local expertise.
 
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